iPhone 7 will reportedly be powered by the A10 chipset – the successor to last year’s A9 which features in the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.
According to the latest reports, TSMC will be in charge of the entire process.
In the previous manufacturing of the iPhone 6S’ A9, TSMC, also known as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company was contracted alongside South Korea’s Samsung. The two shared the task of coming up with millions of chipsets that were used in the released devices. However, the latest reports claim that Samsung is no longer in the fold after being beaten to the deal by the Taiwanese chipset manufacturer.
Samsung is renowned for its 14-nm technology that it has been using in its Exynos 8890 manufacturing process. While this technology has been hailed by many, it seems TSMC’s 10-nm technology is the reason why Apple went for the Taiwanese company instead of going for both like with the case of last year’s A9.
Full production of the A10 to start in June
According to reports coming from South Korea’s The Electronic Times, the chipset, which will probably go by the name A10, will start being worked on beginning June this year. This should be in time for the expected release of the iPhone 7 later on in September.
TSMC was responsible for the production the A8 chipset that was used in 2014’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones. As mentioned earlier, Samsung joined the party in the following year, lending a helping hand in the production of the A9 that was used in iPhone 6S. However, there were some issues that followed this partnership, with most of them being related to specific chips manufactured by the different players.
Users started noticing differences in how the two chips performed – TSMC and Samsung-made chips. This led to benchmarks being carried out, effectively discovering that chips using Samsung-made A9 chips had slower performance and ran hotter as opposed to those using TSMC-made chips. The effects were further felt on the iPhone 6S’ battery life, with Apple coming out publicly to state that different models of the phone offered different battery lives.
These are probably some of the reasons as to why Samsung did not land the deal to be part of the production team for the A10. With TSMC in full control of the situation, expect top-notch and high-performing chipsets for the iPhone 7.
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